The research associate (RA) will be responsible for overseeing the implementation and data processing for two pilot projects with Ready-made Garments factories in the Dhaka area. The first is a nutrition project involving partnership with an online grocery business that will provide grocery delivery services to workers at the factory. The project will be an RCT testing different types of incentives for purchasing healthy food items. The second is an early career training program for potential supervisors in a separate group of factories. The two projects are small pilots and the RA will be supported by the supervision of a Program Coordinator with experience working on similar projects in factories. This is an exciting opportunity to work on pilot evaluations to inform decisions on potential project scale-ups. The RA will also assist with reports for funders, communication with funders and stakeholders, and findings dissemination.

Responsibilities 
  • Liaising with project partners, including the online grocery service company and participating factories.  
  • Cleaning data, conducting basic analysis, and assist principal investigators in interpreting the data
  • Marketing the programs to factory owners and managing directors
  • Managing a team to ensure high-quality data is collected through factory surveys and factory data collection
  • Designing and fine-tuning surveys
  • Programing and testing surveys using SurveyCTO
  • Motivating, training, and assessing at least four members of direct-reporting staff
  • Managing large amounts of confidential data in accordance with protocols
  • On-the-spot decision-making regarding challenges that affect the research design
  • Communicating with partners and participating factories to allow for successful implementation
  • Communicating with the program coordinator and principal investigators on pertinent issues
  • Active self-development

Context:

The garment industry in Bangladesh contributes one-eighth of the country’s economic output and accounts for 80% of export earnings. While the industry brings substantial financial security to millions of low-income Bangladeshis, research on strategies to improve worker nutrition, skill development, and general wellbeing is needed.

Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred (degrees in Economics, Statistics, and Public Policy preferred)
  • One-year of work experience in any field required
  • Experience with data visualization and with writing research findings reports
  • Excellent organizational skills to stay on top of multiple tasks and to drive the program forward
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer proficiency (Word, Excel)
  • Experience working with Stata, SurveyCTO, and Python preferred
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given
  • Able to manage living in a dense city with poor infrastructure
  • Able to make everyone in the team work towards the common goal by building positive relationships
  • Basic understanding of research methods and randomized control trials
  • Willing to commit to 1.5 years to complete the work
  • English fluency
Application Instructions 

Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application. After completing a brief registration, choose the Research job category, then select “Research Associate, Ready-Made Garment Factories Projects”. Applications require you to include two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose (cover letter), CV, and transcripts. Note that you are able to submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview.

About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 575 leading academics to conduct over 650 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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